4 results for tag: Barbara Brown Taylor

People of the book or the book above people? – Barbara Brown Taylor

... I notice [that] whenever people aim to solve their conflicts with one another by turning to the Bible, defending the dried ink marks on the page becomes more vital than defending the neighbor. As a general rule, I would say that human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God. In the words of Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas, “people of the book risk putting the book above people.” As much as I love the written word, I am aware of the ways this love removes me from the world. The day after the alphabet was invented someone starting thinking of patterns of letters that would stand for ...

January 2020

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Mission Possible – pg. 1 Set Free From Sins – pg. 2 Finding Humor Even in Dark Places – pg. 5 Birthday Cards – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

March 2019

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Thank God I'm Not Like... – pg. 1 Is It True? – pg. 2 Does God Save Us from God? – pg. 5 Human Sacrifice – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format [real3dflipbook id="184"]

Law and Grace – New and Old

Having just completed a long study of the books of Romans, Galatians and Ephesians, as a survivor of a legalistic church, I am shaking my head about what I and many others used to believe (and many still do, of course!).  How did I once read these books?  It seems I found only what I was looking for, and it was not God’s grace.  My sense is that one can make the Bible mean anything one wants it to mean, they find only and exactly what they are looking for and disagree with all other conclusions. With any form of legalism and in particular with any form of “Christianity” that exalts old covenant law one is convicted that ...